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Yo La Tengo's Intimate Friday Finale


Yo La Tengo ended Friday night at Pickathon with a soothing performance to rock the crowd to sleep.

Yo La Tengo ended Friday night at Pickathon with a soothing performance to rock the crowd to sleep.

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It was fitting that my night ended with the ever-evolving Yo La Tengo. The crowd was electric as I headed over to the Woods Stage to catch their set.

Upon entering the festival grounds at Pendarvis Farm, I was immediately met with the bombastic sounds of a stunning Wolf Parade set. It was a surreal experience showing up at night, not knowing where to go, caught in the psychedelic lights of the woods. But I quickly found my way and was surprised at the eclectic nature of it all.

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The loud punk rock of Wolf Parade, spaghetti surf rock of La Luz, bouncing hip-hop of Open Mike Eagle, and the indie Southern rock of Futurebirds left me reeling.

I went to Yo La Tengo not knowing what to expect next. Did they hit us with experimental noise, leaving my ears bleeding? Of course not.

In front of a tremendous amount of people, Yo La Tengo whispered through their performance, almost as if they were trying to rock us all to sleep. And I loved it. The crowd thinned out as they played, leaving those of us left with an even more intimate serenade.
 
They did promise a more energetic set Saturday, so stay tuned.

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